The Human Genome Project, an international quest to understand the genomes of humans and other organisms, is leading to unprecedented advances in science and health care. Individual variations in the human genome can have a major impact on risk for disease and responses to the environmental, behaviors, drugs, and other therapies.
The growing momentum of genomics (the study of genes and their function) is revolutionizing our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of disease, including the complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors.
Nurses are called upon by patients and families to answer questions about genetic information, testing, and treatments. Technology is advancing so rapidly in genetics that health care delivery is already affected. For example, screening for pharmacogenetic profiles can predict if an individual is likely to benefit from a medicine and/or if they will be likely to experience serious side effects.
Given the changing nature of healthcare as a result of the human genome project and subsequent scientific advances, a number of essential genetic and genomic competencies for nurses have been established.
The Genomics Minor at UC San Francisco School of Nursing provides a spectrum of content related to human genomics and clinical implications for nurses. This includes basic molecular biology; genetic variation and patterns of inheritance; genetic basis of disease (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular, pediatric); genetic screening and diagnosis; pharmacogenetics; genetic therapies; and the ethical, legal, and social implications related to genetic information technology for culturally competent health care delivery.
Students from all Master's program specialties and the doctoral program are welcome to register for these courses. In order to complete the minor, courses must be taken in sequence.
The courses that constitute the genomics minor include:
- N294A Introduction to Human Genomics (3 units, Winter)
- N294B Medical Genetics for Nursing (3 units, Spring)
Three Additional Units From the Following:
- N294C Advanced Practice Nursing in Genetics (3 units, Varies)
- 414.27A Genomics Clinical Practicum (1 – 3 units, Varies)
- 414.27B Practicum in Family History Taking and Pedigree Analysis (1 - 4 units, Varies)